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Amp Identification

Discussion in 'Glowing Bottle Tube Amp Forum' started by EtypeJaguar, Oct 19, 2020.

  1. EtypeJaguar

    EtypeJaguar TDPRI Member

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    Any idea what this old tube amp is?

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    Looks like 2 channels, mid-50s. You could call one hell of a square dance with that.

    Any more pics?
     
  3. EtypeJaguar

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    Not at the moment, but I will try. I got a "Do you want this amp?" message from a friend across my state who knows I have tube amps and that I like weird things. The maroon/cream tolex makes it look like a production model, but the handle looks like it is off a 1950s oven (e.g. homemade amp). Thus, I am intrigued to see if anyone recognizes it as a production model.
     
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    way kool!... no idea what it is though. lucky duck
     
  6. Wally

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    Cool look! I am thinking the handle is original to the amp. We would like to see pictures of the circuit, speakers, tubes, etc?
    By the look of the control panel, this amp has been used a great deal. If the price is right, that is one I buy.
     
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    Those handles aren't uncommon on certain 50s amps (Valco and several of the brands they built for, Kay 503, Flot-a-tone.)

    I'm betting it's a Flot-a-tone.
     
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    Supro national ?
     
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    Alamo Embassy?
     
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    Looks like a one-off to me. What are the tubes in there? Does it have a field-coil speaker?
     
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    As others note, post circuit and speaker pics.

    But based on the handle I would call it the Refrigerator.
     
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    I thought someone would have come up with a definitive answer by now.

    After looking at a lot of pictures yesterday, the cabinet still says Flot-a-tone to me, but the closest thing I saw resembling that two channel, six knob, six input layout was on a very old Alamo...and I couldn't get a very good view of the chassis on that one.
     
  13. BobbyZ

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    I'd like to get inside that thing! No idea what it is but it looks 1950s to me too.
    Is it two separate channels with 3 inputs each?

    When my dad had the antique store I was just getting into old amps, he calls and says he got in an old amp. I immediately jumped in the car and made the 45 minute drive in something less than 45 minutes!
    That amp had one or two volume controls and no input jack? The back was closed but had some hardware store things holding it on so I opened it and keyboard came out! Turns out it was made by Gibson, had a Jensen speaker and two 6v6s. I stuffed it in the garage with the idea of using most of it to build a guitar amp. Of course the first ex-wife tossed it because she didn't like "smelly junk" ! (all these years later, I still hate her) Looked like this one only more beat up.
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    BobbyZ, that is sad to hear that u it got tossed. I have never heard of or seen one of those....
    https://antiqueradio.org/GibsonClaviolineKeyboardInstrument.htm

    E-Type, I am going to think that this is not someone’s one-off build from way back. Is the amp for sale? If I were near, I would be investigating it and probably be interested in it. However, from this distance, the shipping would probably be close to what it is worth to me as it is.

    And, I forgot to welcome you to the forum....

    HOWDY!!
     
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